Self-Confidence Quiz

Are you wondering if you are self-confident enough, or wishing you seemed more assertive in communication with others? Let’s explore the meaning of self-confidence by taking a quiz. Read the list of statements below and check which ones, in your opinion, are signs of self-confidence.

  1. Admitting when you are wrong.
  2. Being flexible when change is needed.
  3. Talking about your accomplishments.
  4. Describing negative events in positive terms. For example, “We didn’t make our target, but we sure learned a lot.”
  5. Dressing to please yourself without worrying what others will think.
  6. Using a strong handshake.
  7. Using casual language in an effort to avoid sounding too “corporate.” For example, “You guys did a cool thing.”
  8. Speaking very fast.
  9. Smiling often.
  10. Learning new skills.
  11. Putting yourself down in order to sound humble.

Compare your answers to those on the bottom of this page under “Quiz 1.”

Low Self-Confidence

Part of defining self-confidence is thinking about what low self-confidence is, what it looks and sounds like. Test yourself now. Circle the statements that convey a lack of self-confidence.

1.  “I may be wrong, but I think the answer is ten.”

2. “Thank you for the compliment. We’re very proud of our work.”

3. “That was really stupid of me.”

4.  “I forgot my business cards. I left them in the car.”

5. (Responding to a compliment) “Oh, I’ve had this dress for ten years.”

6.  “I would have gotten into the program, but they don’t like to take people with my background.”

7. “That sounds like a challenge. I’m sure we can figure out how to solve it, though.”

8. “I’m sorry to interrupt, but I wonder if I could have a minute of your time.”

Compare your answers to those listed for “Quiz #2.”

Answers to Quiz #1

Items 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10 are generally signs of self-confidence. The others could be seen as self-sabotaging behaviors.

Answers to Quiz #2

Items 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 communicate low self-confidence. (Of course, there are no 100% right answers, since many of the statements depend on context, tone of voice, cultural interpretation, and other factors.)

Venus had excellent self-confidence – how is yours?

Venus had excellent self-confidence – how is yours?

Here is an article with some tips for becoming more self-confident. For a deeper exploration of your self-confidence, how to develop more of it and understand the reasons you might doubt yourself, you may want to speak with a therapist knowledgeable in the psychology of confidence through online therapy or in person at the Montreal Therapy Centre.